An Occupational Perspective
Edited by Werner Eichhorst and Paul Marx
Chapter 7: Labour market flexibility in the Danish service sector: same old, same old, but more different
Denmark has in the last decade been portrayed as one of the foremost real-life examples of flexicurity. In Denmark, a flexible labour market is combined with generous social security and active labour market policies – or what has become known as the ‘golden triangle’ (OECD 2004; Ministry of Labour 1999). One of the main features of the Danish employment system is a relatively low level of employment protection for employees with a standard contract (Venn 2009; OECD 2013: Chapter 2). The main trade-off between flexibility and security is found for regular (standard) workers who experience a short spell of unemployment in-between two jobs. In this context, the unemployment benefit system functions as a flexibility device, enhancing the mobility and risk willingness of the ordinary workforce. For those who have problems finding a new job, the active labour market policy ideally serves to upgrade the qualifications and motivation of the individual and enhance the possibilities for labour market reintegration (Madsen 2003; 2004; 2005; 2006).
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